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Nuggets speak to Michael Porter Jr. about controversial claims about the coronavirus

Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets, Coronavirus

Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly has spoken with small forward Michael Porter Jr. about his controversial statements about the coronavirus, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

On Snapchat on Tuesday, Porter said COVID-19 is being overblown. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone told reporters on Wednesday that Connelly has spoken to Porter.

“I know that Tim Connelly, our front office, has talked to Michael about his comments long before I realized what was said,” the Nuggets coach said. “So it has been [discussed with] him; he understands the situation. Once again, we as an organization, I’m not going to put a muzzle on anybody.

“If somebody has a strong belief on something, they have the platform and freedom to use that. We will just try to educate guys so that they understand the impact of what they may be saying.”

Porter’s comments made headlines since the coronavirus death toll approached 150,000 in the United States alone. Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic contracted COVID-19 in Serbia and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns tragically lost his mom to the deadly virus.

Porter thinks COVID-19 is being used for a bigger agenda like population control. The Nuggets youngster is probably going to be having talks with a lot of people moving forward after his contentious statement.